Jackson impressed with ASU visit

2011 point guard Traevon Jackson may have been offered last October by the Sun Devils, but the mutual interest of both sides never cooled down over the last seven months. The Westerville (Ohio) South standout is familiar with the Valley of the Sun but he just wrapped up his first unofficial visit to the Tempe campus, an event that certainly didn't detract from his affinity to the maroon and gold.

"My visit went really well," said the 6-2 205 Traevon Jackson. "We got to tour the campus, meet all the players and coaches, met the Athletic Director and Academic Advisors, professors of the Business College, the strength coach, and saw the dorms where the players live at.

"We got a lot of information on the school and got all our questions answered. I didn't expect everything to be so close to each other and how convenient it would be to get from point A to point B. The whole campus was very nice."

The highlight of Jackson's visit was naturally the team's facility – the Weatherup Center.

"It's definitely the type of facility that you need to be a top program," Jackson stated. "That facility is all about basketball and has everything you need to get better every year as a player. It's just great that you have a gym where you can practice anytime you want to. It's a very nice place."

As a junior Jackson averaged 20 points and 5 assists per game. When sitting down with the Arizona State coaches, the point guard said that he got the impression that he was the team's top point guard prospect in the 2011 class.

"They want me to fill the void they will have at point guard," Jackson commented. "I really like their style of play and that's the type of system we run in high school – the motion offense. The coaches like me as a leader and also like that I can finish at the basket with either hand. They also like that I can score when I need to, but I'm all about passing the ball a lot and getting players open.

"I can tell that the coaches are very comfortable with me and would really like me to come there. They offered me seven months ago and that shows you how much trust they have in you. Coach Sendek hasn't seen me play for a while, and when he saw (recent) film of me he felt reassured with his decision to offer me and told me how much he liked our game."

Jackson admitted that even though his jump shot has improved significantly over the last year, he looks to build consistency in that area. He also wants to be more explosive with his first step when driving to the basket.

Arizona State, Wisconsin and Dayton make up Jackson's top three and all of those schools have offered. "My decision is probably going to come down to one of those three schools," he said. "I would feel comfortable playing away from home. My uncle lives ten minutes away from Arizona State and I think I would be able to handle playing away from home. But it would also be nice to play close to home so my parents could see me play a lot."

Traevon is undoubtedly getting invaluable recruiting advice from his father, former NBA player Jim Jackson, and is obviously heeding his input as the point guard interacts with his suitors.

"My father was a very highly rated player out of high school," Jackson said. "He knew what to expect for me and what questions to ask schools along the way. He answers all my questions and gives me advice when I ask for it. He definitely gives me an edge and I'm grateful for that.

"He likes the fact that Coach Sendek is a winning coach, and that Arizona State is an up and coming program. He likes how Coach Sendek really built this program up since he got here."

Starting next month Jackson will begin the AAU tournament circuit with his All-Ohio Red Team and hopes to be healed from his ankle injury by the time the first tournament tips-off in a couple of weeks.

Jackson has no timetable for a decision and said that "whatever school feels right" will be his eventual destination.

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